Students taking up tutoring to save time
“Good money” to be earned by helping others
A-LEVEL students are helping out their fellow pupils by tutoring them through exams while studying for their own at the same time.
According to a pupil at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham, students throughout the Chalfonts are looking to part-time work as a tutor as it takes up less time than working in a shop.
17-year-old Jessie Gillam from Chalfont St Giles is one of the students involved and has been doing it for the past two years.
She said: “A lot of people in the Chalfonts do it.”
She added: “A lot of my friends do it.”
Speaking about why she didn’t want to do standard Saturday shop work she said: “I think a lot of other people have Saturday jobs that take up a lot more time than tutoring.
“Compared to working in a shop it takes up a lot less time than tutoring.”
Jessie has “been quite successful” so far and added: “One boy I was tutoring passed his entrance exam and his mum said it was to do with the extra help he was having outside of school.”
Having just been through GCSEs herself Jessie knows what her students need to pass.
She said: “It’s quite good money and we know what people need to know to do it.”
She was inspired to take it up after she was tutored by someone on a gap year.
She added: “He did the same A levels as I did so I thought, ‘if he can do it then why can’t I?’.”
Mike Appleyard, cabinet member for education and skills of Bucks County Council, said: “Tutoring has been done for years and years and years.
“Even when I went to school people were being tutored and that was aeons ago.
“There’s no way we can stop it. Frankly there’s a lot of people doing tutoring who aren’t doing it very well, but that’s the parents’ business.
“The parents have got to find out what the tutoring is like.”
He added: “I’m pretty relaxed about it but if people want to do that they’re not fully understanding what’s best for their child.”
Jessie is studying for A levels in biology, chemistry, physics and maths and is hoping to study medicine in the future and hopes the transferable skills will play out.
She said: “In medicine you have a lot of interaction with other people. It’s giving me good experience in teaching people and talking to people.”
Mr Appleyard, speaking about the job market that school children can expect when they’re older, said: “What people and parents are forgetting is what’s going to get them on in life is their personality and not their qualifications.”
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